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The tiny and the fast: the role of subcortical sensory structures in human communication

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Coordinator
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN 

Organization address
address: HELMHOLTZSTRASSE 10
city: DRESDEN
postcode: 1069
website: http://www.tu-dresden.de/

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website http://www.cbs.mpg.de/further-groups/human-communication https
 Total cost 1˙999˙625 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙625 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2021-12-31

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN DE (DRESDEN) coordinator 1˙056˙014.00
2    MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV DE (MUENCHEN) participant 943˙610.00

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 Project objective

In Europe, approximately one hundred million people are impaired in their communication abilities. These include people with autism spectrum disorders (ca. 3 million) and individuals with dyslexia (ca. 50 million). Current neuroscience research typically associates cognitive functions including communication abilities with the cerebral cortex. By and large, this approach ignores the complex subcortical processing machinery before sensory signals reach the cortex. However, recent pioneering studies imply that dysfunction in tiny subcortical sensory structures can cause selective deficits in our ability to understand others. My goal is to (i) investigate the role of subcortical sensory structures in analysing communication signals and (ii) specify how dysfunction in subcortical-cortical interaction can cause human communication disorders. To do this we will combine very recently developed ultra-high-resolution neuroimaging with a cutting-edge multimodal approach including neurostimulation, and computational neuroimaging. The project will relate sensory subcortical responses to concrete communication behaviour, as observed in healthy individuals and individuals with communication disorders. I expect two key results: First, we will uncover the principles of how subcortical sensory structures operate for dynamic auditory and visual communication signals; this will lead to a novel model of subcortical-cortical interactions that can explain key functions in human communication. Second, the results will resolve long-standing puzzles about the nature of two of the most common hereditary communication deficits (developmental dyslexia and autism spectrum disorders). Immediate consequences of this proposal will include a translational project aimed at improving communication functions with behavioural interventions. Together, the findings may revolutionise our understanding of how sensory subcortical structures shape one of our most important cognitive functions—communication.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
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2018 Begoña Díaz, Helen Blank, Katharina von Kriegstein
Task-dependent modulation of the visual sensory thalamus assists visual-speech recognition
published pages: 721-734, ISSN: 1053-8119, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.05.032
NeuroImage 178 2020-03-03
2018 Stefanie Schelinski, Katharina von Kriegstein
The Relation Between Vocal Pitch and Vocal Emotion Recognition Abilities in People with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typical Development
published pages: , ISSN: 0162-3257, DOI: 10.1007/s10803-018-3681-z
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2020-03-03
2017 Christa Müller-Axt, Alfred Anwander, Katharina von Kriegstein
Altered Structural Connectivity of the Left Visual Thalamus in Developmental Dyslexia
published pages: 3692-3698.e4, ISSN: 0960-9822, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.10.034
Current Biology 27/23 2020-03-03

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